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SKT Faker goes viral with vintage 1v1 League of Legends play

Published: 11/Jul/2019 14:22 Updated: 11/Jul/2019 15:25

by Kamil Malinowski

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Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok put on an incredible display in the LCK with one of the cleanest 1v1s ever.

League of Legends mid lane superstar Faker went viral as he decimated his opponent, Kim “Lava” Tae-hoon, in an LCK match on July 10, using Akali’s toolkit to perfection to outmaneuver and take down Lava’s Azir. 

The game was still close as a team fight was brewing by the dragon around 14 minutes in. Faker was able to isolate Lava by his raptor spot as the remaining players of both teams began contesting the dragon. 

Riot GamesHow Faker’s opponents see him in-game.

It ended almost in an instant as Faker engaged with a shot from his Hextech Gunblade. Lava, fearing for his life, attempted to disengage with an Emperor’s Divide, but Faker was able to dodge it with a pixel-perfect Shuriken Flip to roll out of danger. 

As the Shrunken Flip managed to connect, Faker was able to instantly dive back in on a nearly defenseless Lava. He then made use of his Twilight Shroud to dodge any auto attacks, while brilliantly weaving in and out of all of Lava’s AoE abilities to avoid almost every point of damage.

From there it was all but over, and Faker finished the job with a Five Point Strike and a Perfect Execution. He managed to crush Lava while taking only one or two auto attacks himself. 

SK Telecom T1 were able to close out the game just 14 minutes later, securing themselves a vital 2-0 victory after a shaky start to the LCK summer split.

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Riot address League preseason 11 ranked issues after player backlash

Published: 5/Dec/2020 6:44

by Andrew Amos

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While you can’t earn much for playing ranked in preseason, many League of Legends players still do to get high quality games. This was lost on Riot originally, but they’ve addressed the LP gain problem in a new statement, vowing to make changes ahead of Season 11.

Ranked play in preseason isn’t awfully popular in League of Legends. However, it’s often the best place to get a competitive game to test out the new features. In Season 11, that has been incredibly crucial with testing the new item rework.

However, Riot sent players for a loop when a support representative said playing ranked was practically “pointless.” This led to the community being both confused and outraged for Riot basically saying ‘stop playing the game.’

The point was lost in translation though. Lead gameplay designer Mark Yetter clarified Riot are introducing some changes to LP gains in ranked to compensate for the Season 11 overhaul. However, the initial update had some unintended consequences.

“We’ve made some pretty big changes to the LP system during preseason, some of which are easy to see (no more division promos) and some of which are more under the hood (improvements to our matchmaking algorithm),” he said in a December 4 blog.

“There have been some hiccups during the rollout of these systems, but that’s why we do them during the preseason where they have a smaller impact. The end result is that we saw players’ ranks being inflated, which resulted in lower LP gains in the short term.”

With the kinks ironed out ⁠— so players won’t get weird 12 LP gains and 25 LP losses for now ⁠— Riot is feeling confident about their changes for next season. Overall, players should expect LP gains and losses to be smaller, but the system as a whole to feel fairer without promotion series.

“We’re planning to do a smaller ranked reset at the start of the season so you stay closer to the rank you’ve achieved this year, and removing divisional promotion series makes people climb faster, and benefit more from a win streak,” he stated.

“The combination of these two changes would cause significant rank inflation, so in order for the ranking system to stay accurate, we needed to tone back the amount of LP gained per win.”